As providers of early education you will be aware of the importance of creating an environment that promotes positive behaviour and in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) your setting should have and be implementing a behaviour management policy. You are also required to have a named practitioner who is responsible for behaviour management. The role of the named practitioner is to give advice to other staff members and develop confidence and understanding in dealing with unwanted behaviour.
As part of our inclusion strategy we provide the nationally accredited Norfolk Steps programme. This approach is adopted across the county in early years and schools as well as being offered to parents.
Early years providers can access a tiered level of support in addition to the knowledge of the early years’ advisor regarding behaviour in the following ways:
One-day Step On training (valid for two years)
Step On training is a proactive response to establishing ethos and systems to support the inclusion of children with challenging or dangerous behaviours. Training includes establishing ethos; understanding behaviours; de-escalation; consistent responses; law and guidance; planning and documentation; repair and reflection.
Half-day Step On refresher course (following Step On training)
This offers updated information about changes in legislation and local strategies. It also offers opportunity to refresh and re-establish ethos
Local behaviour networks
These network meetings are offered termly in local areas and will be co-facilitated by an early years’ advisor and a member of the Norfolk steps team. They build upon the ethos delivered during the Step On training. The aim of the networks is to establish peer to peer support for the nominated behaviour practitioners. The networks offer a combination of structured discussions and the opportunity to reflect on issues around common behaviours which directly affect practice. As these sessions build upon the ethos delivered in step on training it is vital that anyone attending has completed and has up to date certificate from Step On training.
This has been developed for providers as an additional resource offering another tier of support. These are available during attendance at the behaviour network meetings from the early years advisors.
Occasionally individual consultations from a member of the Norfolk Steps team around specific issues can be accessed. This support is only available following in depth discussion with your named early years advisor and any request must come through them. Evidence that practitioner/s have attended and hold an up to date certificate for step on training will also be required should there be need to access this level of support.
The documents below are from the training: